19 February 2013

Kenya: Independent Kenyan Group to Provide Alternative Evaluation of Elections

An independent Kenyan monitoring group will send 7,000 non-partisan observers and data collectors to polling stations around the country to evaluate the March 4th elections, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Monday (February 18th).

The Elections Observation Group (Elog) intends to provide an alternative account of the quality of the polls and the credibility of the results provided by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said Elog steering committee member Peter Alingo.

"We will not ask for the opinions of voters. This will be based on direct observations and polling stations," Alingo said. "This will help clear uncertainties by providing validation to the results given by the IEBC."

Observers will be looking at voting behaviour, voter security, time spent in the polling booth, clerks' professionalism, and the polls' opening and closing times. Findings will be sent to a data centre in Nairobi as they are collected, which Elog says will allow it to help prevent voting malpractice.

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